What do you think? Did they get it right? Our numbers are growing, but is it because we’re scared? I would argue that we own and shoot guns more because it’s fun, challenging, confidence- and skill-building rather than because we are simply afraid for our safety. Chime in with your opinion in the comments below. – nf




Gun Makers Set Sights On Female Buyers

by Scott Graf


Pink and purple handguns are for sale at Hyatt Gun Shop in Charlotte, N.C. Gun store owners reported a 73 percent increase in female customers in 2009 from the year before — a trend reflected by the growing number of guns made just for women. For years, gun stores were predominantly patronized by men. But these days, shooting ranges and shops selling firearms are seeing more female customers than ever before, and that has them changing the way they do business. In one brand-new shooting range at Eagle Gun in Concord, N.C., shots from Sharon Skoff’s handgun boom behind glass that separates the range from the rest of the shop. “I just refuse to be a victim if I possibly can in life,” Skoff says. “I actually went and got my concealed permit a couple months ago so I can carry.” Skoff, a 47-year-old flight attendant, says she shoots because she’s scared. “If you listen to the news at night, all you hear are women in parking lots — someone coming up, or threatening them for their purse or threatening their life, or raping [them],” she says.

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